Machine Intelligence

When NASA Got Artificial Intelligence

Hidden Figures I recently watched the movie “Hidden Figures”.  From all reports it was reasonably accurate (given some poetic license on the directors part). Apart from the obvious equal rights messages the scenes describing the implementation of the IBM machine portrayed much human drama that is relevant to today’s debates on AI. The character Dorothy Vaughn …

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The Dumbest Doomsday Scenario

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald entitled The AI anxiety: our preoccupation with superintelligence references one of the most spectacularly dumb ideas about how an Artificial Intelligence could be a threat to humanity.  The scenario, envisaged by a philosopher at the Future of Humanity institute in Oxford, Nick Bostrum, is quoted below: “Bostrom’s favourite apocalyptic hypothetical involves …

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A Closer Look at How AI Works

This post will provide an over view of how AI works. Before you click away, this is neither as complicated nor mathematical as you might fear.  While having a sophisticated understanding of mathematics is needed to be able to prove that the algorithms used in AI actually do something useful the basic principles are really …

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What is AI?

  What is Artificial Intelligence? Last post I introduced my premise that we have not seen anything called Artificial Intelligence with real intelligence. We have just seen machines that can do sequences of simple calculations on large amounts of data very quickly and as a result perform tasks that have hitherto been the sole domain …

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Making a Start

Welcome! This is my first post to this blog and I wanted to give a brief outline of where it will head initially.  If there is some level of success then I would hope and image that many conversations will develop and that may well take it some place different from what I imagine today. …

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